Brenda & Effie
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  • 1
    Never the Bride | Paul Magrs

    Never the Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Brenda has had a long and eventful life and she has come to Whitby to run a B&B in search of some peace and quiet. She and her best friend Effie like nothing better than going out for tea and keeping their eyes open for any of the mysterious goings on in town. But the oddest thing in Whitby may well be Brenda herself. With her terrible scars, her strange lack of a surname or the fact that she takes two different shoe sizes, Brenda should have known that people as, well, unique as she is, just aren't destined for a quiet life.

    Amusing interlude.

    This is the first book in the Brenda and Effie series of books.

    What I liked about this was the way there were a few different storylines hap..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 May 2015 by Crackdown (Knighton, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Something Borrowed | Paul Magrs

    Something Borrowed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Brenda longs for a quiet life; a life where she's free to run her B&B and enjoy cups of tea and the occasional night at the bingo with her friend Effie. Unfortunately for Brenda trouble tends to seek her out.The whole palaver begins with poison pen letters that start flying around the quiet lanes of Whitby. Then there's Jessie the Zombie Womanzee, an amorous and strangely unaged professor of Icelandic history, and terrifying encounters with bamboo wickerwork gods from the dawn of time. Lord only knows where it will all end...

    Fantastically Mad!

    Love these books by Paul Magrs, genuinely laugh out loud funny, onto the next adventure now? Book 3 Conjugal Rites!!

    Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by JB ()
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    Conjugal Rites | Paul Magrs

    Conjugal Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    No matter what she tries to do, trouble has a way of finding Brenda and when her old adversary Mr Danby starts filling the airwaves with his late-night phone-in show it can only mean one thing.But fate has an even bigger surprise in store. Romance is in the air for Brenda and, do what she will, she cannot deny that she and her man were made for each other - literally.

    Great story

    Another great story in the Brenda and Effie series, Only slight criticism would be of one of the voices... But thats my personal taste.
    All in al..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 June 2016 by JB ()
  • 4
    Hell's Belles | Paul Magrs

    Hell's Belles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
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    Discover the secret world of Whitby: mystery, mayhem and delicious black comedy. Brenda never meant to tell anyone the truth. She s got used to keeping secrets over the years. But in Whitby, people have a habit of working it out. Especially best friends like Effie, who sniff out the unusual, and expect the unexpected. And Brenda needs friends. She can't keep us safe all by herself. Not any more...

    Good, but not great..........

    The story was ok, but the portrayal of Frank was awful, the voice was irritating and the constant third person references were tedious. Didn't enjoy t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 June 2016 by JB ()
  • 5
    The Bride that Time Forgot | Paul Magrs

    The Bride that Time Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Wicked Witch of Whitby vs. the Bride of Frankenstein. Meet the good, the bad and the bitten... Something is biting people on the streets of Whitby. In an ordinary town, this would be worrying. Here, it's disastrous, and only Brenda has guessed why. She's also trying to prepare for a packed festive break at her B&B, but her best friend Effie is in distracted mood: she hasn't been the same since her suave gentleman friend Alucard reappeared.

    Great story but jumps about a bit

    The story is quite convoluted and jumps about a bit, also for me e accents were not treat, i think Joanna Tope does a great job, but the choice of voi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 June 2016 by JB ()
  • 6
    Brenda and Effie Forever! | Paul Magrs

    Brenda and Effie Forever!

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Joanna Tope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Brenda and Effie are living it up on the continent. Holidaying in Paris, they are menaced by a mysterious Peeping Tom with a limp and a hump, who warns them that they must never return home to Whitby again. Untold disaster will take over the world if they go anywhere near the North Yorkshire coast.... But Brenda and Effie know that they simply have to return to Whitby, even if it means the end of everything they hold dear.

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  • 7
    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: The Woman in a Black Beehive | Paul Magrs

    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: The Woman in a Black Beehive

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Anne Reid
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    Welcome to the mysterious town of Whitby, where all the monsters and demons of old come to retire and live out the remainder of their spooky days and nights and eat fish and chips on the seafront. There's a strange new landlady in town, opening a B&B by the harbour; a lady with a tall black beehive, nasty scars about her person and a very chequered past.

    Captivating, best narration around!!

    One of the best!

    Reviewed on 29 September 2016 by Angela ()
  • 8
    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Bat Out of Hull | Paul Magrs

    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Bat Out of Hull

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Anne Reid
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    Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) stars in the second episode of the award-winning The Brenda and Effie Mysteries by Paul Magrs (Doctor Who). Welcome back to Whitby! Come and join Brenda and Effie for a night out at the Christmas Hotel, where a once-famous ventriloquist delights in causing chaos and putting the willies up old women. Why does long-eared bat puppet Tolstoy seem eerily alive of his own accord? Why is Brenda walking about the harbour at night in only her night things?

    Superb

    Love these stories, just wish they were longer, they are so funny and spot on! Anne Reid is a fantastic narrator, she tells these stories with effortl..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 May 2016 by JB ()
  • 9
    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Spicy Tea and Sympathy | Paul Magrs

    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Spicy Tea and Sympathy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Anne Reid
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    Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) stars in episode three of the award-winning Brenda and Effie Mysteries by Paul Magrs (Doctor Who). Brenda and Effie are drawn to a new tearoom in the park. It is owned by the dashing Professor Marius Keys, who has stuffed the place with Egyptian antiquities of all kinds. But why does his odd-tasting tea send both women a bit woozy? And why's he got actual bandaged revenants hiding in his room at the Hotel Miramar?

    More please!!

    Love these stories, i cant get enough of the adventures of these two mysterious ladies, really hope more come out soon, with the wonderful Anne Reid r..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 May 2016 by JB ()
  • 10
    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Brenda Has Risen from the Grave | Paul Magrs

    The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: Brenda Has Risen from the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Anne Reid
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    Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) stars in the fourth episode of the award-winning Brenda and Effie Mysteries by Paul Magrs. Romance, it seems, has come Effie's way. She has started to date Keith, a latter-day Elephant Man who lives in a caravan. Brenda thinks her friend has had her head turned and counsels against getting carried away. In her experience the Elephant Man didn't have a trunk and large ears. Brenda, meanwhile, is having flashbacks to her adventures in foggy London in the 1880s.

    Enthralling

    I love these stories, they are great, well narrated too, really gives you a feel for each character. More please!

    Reviewed on 10 May 2016 by JB ()